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How is alimony determined in the state of Florida?

Currently there is no set formula for determining alimony┬áin the state of Florida. The legislature is looking at revamping the alimony statute as we make this video. However, right now alimony is based on certain criteria. Those criteria are need and ability to pay. The need of one spouse measured against the ability to pay from the other. And alimony is generally the lesser of one spouses need or the other spouse’s ability to pay.

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So for example, let’s say you’re the spouse that needs alimony and after calculating all of your income and expenses you see that you need five hundred dollars a month in alimony. You spouse, on the other hand, can afford to pay up to $1,000 a month in alimony. Well your alimony be $500 a month. It’s the lesser of your need or their ability to pay. If they can only afford to pay $500 but you need $1,000, it would still only be $500 a month. That’s the criteria used to determine alimony in the state of Florida currently.